ALBANY — Dougherty County 2014 Teacher of the Year Finalist Audrey Brown remembers the first day she stepped into a classroom as a teacher. At age 42, starting a new career was daunting, but she was ready.
“I thought, so here I am, starting a new career at 42 but remembering and understanding that I was purposed to do this,” Brown, a seventh grade teacher at Merry Acres Middle School, said. “I walked into my classroom on the first day and began from that point to develop a partnership in a learning community with my students. My students because stakeholders in their educational success. Their job was to give me their best and mine was to do the same.
“I truly believed they sensed my sincerity. I care for the well-being of all my students.”
Brown has taught seventh grade reading, language and social studies at MAMS since 2011. Her mother was a fifth grade science teacher for 35 years and provided the teaching blueprint she follows to this day.
“My mother never left in the afternoon ‘alone,’ she always had a child with her who needed assistance,” Brown recalled. “My mother always provided student with either help with their homework, a clean shirt or a pair of pants to wear to school the next day. I give honor to my mother for being a great role model for my success and determination.”
Brown worked at Merck Chemical before earning a B.S. in education from Albany State University in 2011. She expects to pick up a certificate in Educational Leadership from ASU in December.
The Dougherty County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the year, selected from among a group of teachers from each of the district’s 27 schools, will be announced Thursday at banquet at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn.